This short-lived Traditional Jazz Band was playing in Germany at Storyville, a Frankfurt jazz club named after the famous New Orleans venue. Most of the players went on to famous groups and a lifetime of playing Jazz. Jean Kittrell, piano and vocals and Don Franz returned to St. Louis after Chicago and played for more than 50 years on riverboats, festivals and at the Scott Joplin Museum. Ms. Kittrell passed away recently, leaving only Carl Lunsford (banjo) and Don Franz (tuba) still living. These recordings were found in the vast collection of Don Franz. There's a great story of how the group needed a 'bass player' which in Ragtime terms, means a Tuba or Bass Sax. Don Franz had just left active duty from the Navy and got the job through a friend of the group. Well, problem is that Don was a trained musician but had never played tuba in his life and didn't own one. So, he packed his stuff, got in his vintage Mercedes convertible and drove from Southern Italy up to Frankfurt. Stopping in a pawn shop along the way, he purchased a tuba and when stopping for a rest on the journey, would practice tuba. They have joked about that for over 50 years. Don, of course became a famous tuba player and hosted the St. Louis Ragtime and Traditional Jazz Music Festival on the Goldenrod Showboat for 30 years. These recordings are quite good musically but with only a minimum of ambient vocal presence. The originals were reel to reel and one set per side of tape. Don apparently transcribed them to CDs from which these mp3s were generated. Trombone and spoken intro - Stan Vincent, Clarinet - John (Doc) Carlson, Coronet - Ed Kittrell, Tuba - Don Franz, Banjo -Carl Lunsford, Piano and Vocals - Jean Kittrell. The name Chicago Stompers should not be confused with the pseudonym used by a group in the 1930's for a single "Stomp Your Stuff" or by a current group in Chicago using that name.